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5 Things To Know About The 2014 Midterm Election

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:22am

The balance of power in the House and Senate could be upended with Tuesday's vote. We break down some of the key themes and offer a few predictions.

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Is No GOP Bench Warmer

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:31pm

McMorris Rodgers says she wants to see more women run — and get elected — to Congress. That's why she's taken on a leadership role, raising money for female Republicans and mentoring them, too.

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In Texas, A Down-Ballot Race With Big Consequences

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 10:32am

National attention has focused on the governor's race but the election for the office below it could be even more important for the future of Texas politics.

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Foot Power Wins In A Landslide, And Other Unsavory Election Trivia

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 7:04am

Heading into the midterm elections, NPR's Scott Simon talks to know-it-all AJ Jacobs about some old voting tricks, such as getting the citizens smashed before they cast their ballots.

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Election Night Eating: A Tasting Menu For What's At Stake

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 5:03am

NPR's politics team is hosting an election night party Tuesday. But you can't have a party without good grub. So we've put together a menu inspired by the politics in play.

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In New Hampshire, Two Different Tales Of Scott Brown's State Jump

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:33pm

The very close U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire could come down to where Republican challenger Scott Brown is from.

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Obama Tries To Rally Women Voters As Midterms Near

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:33pm

President Obama makes the case for economic policies that would benefit women amid hopes that women will turn out for Democrats on Election Day.

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For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

Knocking on doors in Colorado, Steve Inskeep asks Antionio Covello about the election. The successful Denver business owner, a conservative, weighs mineral rights, foreign policy and division at home.

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In Swing State Of Colorado, Voter Says She Has To Settle For Choice Of Evils

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

One of the contests that could decide control of the Senate is in Colorado. Steve Inskeep traveled there to knock on voters' doors. In this first part, we meet Ili Bennett, a woman hit hard by the Great Recession and hungry for big changes in the country.

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Activists Against Voter Restrictions May Be Hindering Their Own Cause

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

Those fighting new voting laws are watching the polls closely for evidence that the legislation restricts the right to vote. But these same groups are pushing voter turnout, in some cases to vote the proponents out of office.

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Kennedy: Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:27pm

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy warns that if marijuana is legalized — there are votes Tuesday in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. — kids will be the ones to take the hit.

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The Devastating History of Midterm Elections

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:45pm

Over the past century, midterm elections have been pretty rough on the party that holds the White House.

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The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:51pm

Gary Morse developed a mega retirement community called The Villages. His Florida haven for retirees grew to become the largest master-planned community in the country. Morse died Wednesday at 77.

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Obamas Head To Connecticut As Tight Governor's Race Nears Close

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

Incumbent Dannel Malloy and Republican rival Tom Foley are neck and neck; the race is so close that both the president and first lady will visit the state in the next few days. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Hartford Courant political reporter Daniela Altimari about the race.

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The Campaign That Seems More Crime Drama Than Congressional Race

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:35pm

When he was an undercover FBI agent, Michael Grimm adopted the persona of "Mikey Suits" to catch alleged mobsters. Now a congressman from Staten Island, Grimm is the target of tax evasion charges.

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Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:17pm

Described as a hard-nosed, old-school pragmatist, he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving office in January.

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Tunisia's Secularists Victorious In Parliamentary Vote

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:09am

The Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party won just under 40 percent of the seats, beating out the ruling Islamist Ennahda party.

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What Women's Votes Could Mean For The Midterms

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:46am

In presidential elections, Democrats have been on the winning end of the gender gap — but that hasn't been true in midterms. Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Mara Liasson about women in this election.

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Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:46am

Measure P in California's Santa Barbara County asks voters to ban controversial oil and gas drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. To date, the oil industry has spent $7 million to defeat it.

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Evangelicals Mobilize Voters, But GOP Candidates Less Vocally Supportive

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:12am

Republican candidates haven't been emphasizing their message to religious conservatives this year. But polls suggest evangelical Christians could be their most important block of voters come Election Day. David Greene talks to Pastor Bill Tvedt of the Jubilee Family Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

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